What to look for in an electric toothbrush?
While electric toothbrushes are notcomplicated machinery, there are a few features to consider before buying one.
Sonic vs. oscillating
· Sonic Toothbrushes
These electric toothbrushes vibrate anastonishing 30,000+ times per minute. The high speed loosens and removesplaque, food bits, and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth, between theteeth, and even slightly below the gum line. The speed also induces a fluiddynamic inside your mouth, which helps to remove bacteria even slightly beyondthe tip of the toothbrush’s bristles. On the downside, some users don’t likethe feel of the vibration, and others find sonic toothbrushes irritating totheir gums.
· Oscillating Toothbrushes
These electrictoothbrushes spin, some in full circles, others in partial circles thatalternate direction. Either way, you generally get at least 5,000 brushstrokesper minute and often many more.
Oscillatingtoothbrushes move in a fashion similar to manual brushing, but they are farmore effective at removing plaque, bacteria, and bits of food from between theteeth.
On the downside, they can be a littleharder on your gums than sonic toothbrushes.
Most dentists agree that sonictoothbrushes work better than their oscillating counterparts because they’re moresimilar to the instruments that dentists use.
While you’llfind inexpensive, throwaway electric toothbrushes, most quality brushes haverechargeable batteries and come with a recharging base that can also serve as astand.
Others run on regular batteries, whichmake them convenient for travel but typically less powerful than theirrechargeable counterparts.
It’s fairly typical for an electrictoothbrush to hold its charge for a week between charging sessions, but somehold a charge much longer.
Dentists recommend you brush your teethfor two minutes twice daily. A built-in timer, which either switches thetoothbrush off at the two-minute mark or vibrates to indicate the time is up,makes it easier to achieve this goal.
This commonfeature is a vibration every 30 seconds during the two-minute brushing period.It prompts you to switch to the next quadrant of your teeth for even coverage.
The four quadrants are the inside of theupper teeth, outside of the upper teeth, inside of the lower teeth, and outsideof the lower teeth.
Many people brush too hard, which candamage the gums. Toothbrushes with pressure sensors stop if you press too hard,and then start again when you let up.
Brush head variety
All the big names in electrictoothbrushes sell a variety of brush heads that work with their brushes. Alongwith standard brush heads, you’ll find brush heads for sensitive teeth,orthodontic work, extra whitening, extra plaque removal, and manyothers.
While the standard mode is sufficientfor most people, there are electric toothbrushes that offer a variety of modes,including sensitive, massage, and whitening.
Many higher priced electric toothbrushesoffer a variety of extras, such as apps to track your brushing activity, motionsensors, facial recognition, and colorful lights. As fun as these features are,they are not essential and add to the price of the toothbrush.